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Color Out of Space

by Richard Stanley
Specifics
Portugal, USA [2019] - 111 mins
Genre
Horror, Sci-fi
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3.5

Richard Stanley's long awaited return to feature film cinema. As if Stanley himself wasn't cult enough, he joins ranks with Nicolas Cage and takes on a HP Lovecraft story. The result is every bit as crazy as you'd expect it to be, but also a little stuck in the past. There's really a lot of fun to be had here, but it's no masterpiece.

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Gretel & Hansel

by Oz Perkins
Specifics
Ireland, Canada [2020] - 87 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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4.0

Stark and atmospheric reinterpretation of several Grimm fairytales. Oz Perkins' style is quite minimal, but very precise and effective. Beautiful cinematography and a killer soundtrack make this a very dark and moody film, which nails the balance between its fantasy and horror elements. A very nice surprise indeed.

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Love Massacre

by Patrick Tam
Also know as
Ai Sha
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 91 mins
Genre
Mystery, Romance
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2.5

Patrick Tam does his best to deliver a stylish thriller, but his attempt isn't entirely successful. The film is a little too reliant on the plot, not all actors are up to the task and visually it's a mixed bag. It's definitely better than the average Hong Kong genre effort, but despite some decent moments the film fails to engage.

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The VelociPastor

by Brendan Steere
Specifics
USA, China [2018] - 75 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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1.5

A film that loses itself trying to be ode and parody in one. Steere is clearly aware of the kind of film he's making here, which is fine as long as he keeps introducing new and crazy things. But halfway through the ideas start to dry up and what's left is a cheap parody of trash cinema. Some laughs to be had, but it's not enough.

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The Forbidden Past

Also know as
Xiao Lou Can Meng
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 81 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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1.0

Cheh Chang doing contemporary action is a little awkward, but it has nothing on Yuen Chor doing romance. The film is incredibly cheesy, from the poor performances to the horrendous soundtrack and the tepid drama, nothing works. It's a disaster from start to finish, though somehow it's an oddly compelling disaster if you're familiar with Chor's work.

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Kidan Piece of Darkness

by Koji Shiraishi, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Mari Asato, Eisuke Naito, Hajime Ohata, Hiroki Iwasawa
Also know as
Kidan Hyakkei
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

A decent but slightly underwhelming horror anthology. Six respected directors tackle 10 horror stories, but with a setup like this there simply isn't enough variation in style and themes. There are no real weak entries, on the other hand far too few shorts that make an effort to stand out. Solid filler, but nothing more.

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Ride Your Wave

by Masaaki Yuasa
Also know as
Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 94 mins
Genre
Animation, Fantasy, Romance
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3.5

Slightly fantastical romance that deals with grief. The film is beautifully animated and has its fair share of stand-out moments, but the art style is a little underwhelming and the soundtrack doesn't really help the film forward either. Not quite up to Yuasa's own standards, but even a lesser Yuasa is still worth checking out

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My Dear Liar

by Ao Shen
Also know as
Shou Yi Ren
Specifics
China [2019] - 116 mins
Genre
Crime, Comedy
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3.5

A pleasant mix of crime and dark comedy elements. The film takes a while to get going and the editing should've been a bit tighter, but decent performances, above average cinematography and a couple of interesting twists set this film apart from its peer. Definitely not an outstanding film, but as filler it's more than satisfactory.

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Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

by Kenshô Yamashita
Also know as
Gojira vs. Supesugojira
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 106 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Sci-fi
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2.5

Extremely silly and cheesy, but that's when Godzilla films are at their best. The middle part is a little drawn out and some special effects look a bit too cheap, especially for a film from '94, but the final 30 minutes are a real hoot. It's not first-rate cinema of course, but it's pretty entertaining and it passes the time quite effectively.

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Lost in Love

by Jianqi Huo
Also know as
Ru Ying Sui Xin
Specifics
China [2019] - 96 mins
Genre
Romance
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4.0

Very stylish and heartfelt romantic drama about the precarious balance between passion and trust. Though Huo is known to be a very skilled romance director, this film felt closer to Yibai Zhang's early work, sporting a more contemporary, urban vibe. Great cinematography and superb central performances make this a worthy entry in Huo's oeuvre.

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Vengeance Is Mine

by Chi-Ngai Lee, Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang
Also know as
Xue Yi Tian Shi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 91 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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1.0

A simple revenge tale that is dragged out unnecessarily and fails to engage because the direction is so lackluster. Mediocre performances, bland cinematography and a slavish fixation on plot make this a very forgettable affair. A poor genre exercise that tries to be edgy and relevant, but doesn't work on any level.

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Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

by Ernest R. Dickerson
Specifics
USA [1995] - 92 mins
Genre
Horror, Comedy
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2.0

Cheesy and kitsch. Billy Zane is terrible, the rest of the cast isn't any better really. The effects are fake and the plot is a mess, luckily there are a couple of scenes that are a bit freakier than normal. Not enough to save the film, in the end it fails both as a horror film as well as a comedy, but at least it wasn't a total disaster.

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The Animatrix

by Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Shin'ichirô Watanabe
Specifics
Japan, USA [2003] - 100 mins
Genre
Animation, Action, Sci-fi, Anthology
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4.0

A fine collection of Matrix-related short films, dominated by the Studio 4°C efforts. The anthology sports a varied range of art styles, first-class animation and several interesting takes on the Matrix universe. Not all shorts are a hit, but there are plenty of stand-out pieces that make this one a very easy sell.

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The War of the Gargantuas

Also know as
Furankenshutain no Kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira
Specifics
Japan [1966] - 92 mins
Genre
Action, Horror
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2.0

Feels slightly more serious than most entries in the Godzilla franchise, at the same time also a little less entertaining. It's a decent film that is going to please fans of Honda, but the Frankenstein creatures aren't as enigmatic as Godzilla and even though the film is short, it does drag a little in places. Not bad, but not a stand-out Honda either.

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Shazam!

by David F. Sandberg
Specifics
USA, Canada [2019] - 132 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Comedy
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0.5

Childish, lame and incredibly dull. This was supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't get to laugh even once. The actors are terrible, the superhero jokes are tired and predictable, the film looks like a children's horror flick. It took me a lot of effort to sit this one out, DC & Sandberg should be ashamed of this disaster.